If you office in the Houston Metroplex, you’re probably well aware that after a commercial real-estate downturn, the market is roaring back with a vengeance. Rents on office and industrial spaces are increasing (and in some areas, finding vacant industrial space is becoming a challenge.)
According to a Gallup survey released in February 2017, almost half of all employed Americans telecommuted at least part of the time. More than 30% of those occasional telecommuters worked remotely four or five days per week. Not only are remote workers more productive, they’re able to enjoy a better quality of life – which increases employee retention rates for companies that allow or encourage occasional telecommuting.
“All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy” – and stifles his creativity, mental acuity, and enthusiasm, and can even have serious health ramifications. This adage carries over to the workforce. While the status quo thought process is that nose-to-the-grindstone devotion at work leads to results and productivity, attitudes are shifting – worldwide.
Are you planning an office move this year? If so, you’ve got many decisions to make and many contractors to line up – especially office moving experts! Office furniture movers (good office furniture movers) do much more than transport items from your old office to your new office. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to hire an office mover or furniture installers.
If you read articles in trade or consumer business magazines (or on our blog, like this one about Open Workspaces vs. Cubicles), you’re probably pretty familiar with the concept of the open office. Instead of compartmentalizing employees within cubicles, permanent offices, or office crafted of temporary walls, open concept offices are similar to lofts. There are no barriers delineating the square footage that individual employees occupy.
With its low cost of living, central location, abundance of well-educated potential employees, and pro-business policies, more employers are setting their sights on the Lonestar State – particularly the Greater Houston area. If you are one of those employers, here are some facts to keep in mind before you make up your mind about setting up shop in Houston.
If you’re considering a future office move, new build or renovation, you may want to think outside the box before assuming you must frame yourself and your employees in with permanent walls. Yes, floor-to-ceiling drywall walls have some inherent benefits. You can paint them. You can nail things into them. You can close the door, lock it and know your office is relatively secure. They’re pretty good at muffling sound.
One thing that drywall walls are not is flexible. Once you build a permanent wall, removing it or relocating it is an involved, expensive process. In some environments, modular office walls offer a better solution for delineating work areas and office zones. Here are some cases when modular makes sense.
As you prepare to ring in the New Year, you'll likely be updating your 2018 calendar with the birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, etc. If you're a pet lover, another entry you should make is on the week of June 18-22, 2018. It's Take Your Pet to Work Week! Not all companies will be on-board with participating in this annual event. Others, though, are so enthusiastic about the idea of pets in the workplace that they've embraced the concept year-round!
When it's time to upsize, downsize or simply modernize your office space, you may be unsure of where to begin. Or, you may assume you must begin by hiring an architectural firm. In some cases, it is necessary to hire an architect to plan and oversee complex structural changes to your office space. In other cases, you can achieve your desired results and save a significant amount of money by foregoing an architect and hiring an office furniture installation company or dealer instead.